If you're about to pop out and buy a Mercedes SLS, may we suggest a brief pause to read this review first? Because AMG has just launched an updated SLS, slightly confusingly called the SLS GT, and the revisions make the ‘normal' SLS feel a bit, well... normal. Or as ordinary as any gull-winged coupe can be.
The suspension alterations have also helped. The springs and dampers have all changed, and there's no comfort setting on the adjustable dampers, but don't panic - this hasn't made the ride worse. All the changes have apparently done is sharpen up the car, so the nose turns in better and the rear feels more secure. The net effect? The SLS is now ever so slightly better at the dual roles of... er... GT and sports car.
Most buyers will probably plump for the GT version just because it's the most expensive. And in the USA, Mercedes-Benz will now only sell the GT. The exact cost hasn't been confirmed for the UK yet, but it's likely to be about £180,000, or roughly £12,000 more than the standard car (which will continue to be sold here). So it's not a cheap option, but it is the better car. Our advice: go pricey.
6208cc, V8, RWD, 583bhp, 479lb ft, 21.4mpg, 308g/km CO2, 0-62mph in 3.7secs, 199mph, 1695kg
A series of minor alterations from AMG add up to make the SLS more drivable than ever. The GT is the SLS you'll want.